Lays with Junaid Jamshed – A Public Service Message?
Now the next step after all the hoopla is a public service message by Lays in which Junaid Jamshed is spreading the word that a few ignorant people have passed the wrong information regarding Lays, which is actually a Halal product and therefore the consumers should not fear consuming the brand.
I was just going through a few articles here and there and some people are voicing that they do not like the idea of Junaid Jamshed talking about a brand. People are angry that why the brand team is also bringing in religion as the answer and why did they choose Junaid Jamshed. It’s like a religious preacher promoting and selling brands and that is being seriously disliked by certain groups.
In some of the forums and responses the participants spoke with so much hatred that one questions is it even worth it. It’s like if you think it’s wrong prove it, if you can’t take it easy. If you think it’s haram even when you have no facts then it’s your choice not to consume the brand. If you’re chill about it well and good because life goes on.
Another concern by the people as per the views on the online forums and even when we talk in different groups and have discussions is that it is after all an ad so why call it a public service message.
Similarly another blog I just checked a while ago raised the same question that is this really a public service message in the first place because as per Wikipedia the definition is as follows:
“A public service announcement (PSA) or community service announcement (CSA) is a non-commercial advertisement broadcast on radio or television, ostensibly for the public interest. PSAs are intended to modify public attitudes by raising awareness about specific issues. The most common topics of PSAs are health and safety.”
It is true that people will always have their opinions and it is hard to get an agreement. And as we all know that as and when any religious element is raised the emotions go overboard.
Frankly speaking I know people who don’t even give a damn to whatever is being said and talked about. It doesn’t really bother me much. I never stopped consuming Lays. But I wanted to know how are the people on this forum reacting. Do you even care? Did you stop eating Lays? Do you stop for a second now before buying the brand for a kid in your house? Did Junaid Jamshed appearing in this ad / public service message convince or clarified the confusion?